Date With Destiny
RE: Need Facts Sheet
From kasil on 2/25/2004 11:52:42 AM
Here ya go...
What happens after you quit smoking...
Within 20 Minutes...
Blood pressures drops
Pulse rate drops to normal
Body temperature of hand and feet increases to normal
Within 8 hours...
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
Within 24 hours...
Chance of heart attack decreases
Within 48 hours...
Nerve endings start regrowing
Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
Within 2 weeks to 3 months...
Walking becomes easier
Lung function increases up to 30%
Within 1 to 9 months...
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of
Cilia regrow in the lungs, increasing the ability to
handle mucus, clean lungs and reduce infection
Body's overall energy increases
Within 1 year...
Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a
Within 5 years...
Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half
that of a smoker
Within 10 years...
Lung cancer death rate about half that of a continuing
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, kidney and
Within 15 years...
Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmokers
And here's what the quit lit doesn't tell you. LOL
The Untold Story
20 minutes after quitting.
You begin looking for loopholes in your quit commitment,
thinking about postponing the whole arrangement until
after the next millenium begins.
After 8 hours.
You have already contemplated at least three murders and
several other brutal acts of violence.
After 24 Hours.
Your city or town declares a mysterious and unforeseen
water shortage, while municipal sewers are suddenly
After one week.
You have consumed enough calories to sustain a Bengali
village of 2000 for four years. Food shortages become
critical within your region; pets and local wild animals
After two weeks.
Quitzits establish early outposts on your face. Risk of
Browser's Butt Syndrome (BBS) rises to equal that for 13-
year-old boys with new computers and internet access.
Smileys appear in your writing and begin to replicate :)
Within one month.
You have already begun to pester smokers and complain
about the smell of their obnoxious cigarettes; IQ returns
to low double-digits; Quitzits begin to function
autonomously. Exclamation point shortages prevail across
After six weeks
You may have experienced your first bowel movement since
your quit began; if not, be patient, it will happen within
a few more weeks.
After two months.
You begin to forget the pain and misery of the first week
without cigarettes, and are wondering if you could,
perhaps, remind yourself of what you've been missing;
Quitzits establish territorial treaties with each other.
After five months.
Intelligence returns to at least 60% of its pre-quit
level; concentration remains a problem, at only 50%;
carpal tunnel syndrome incidence exceeds all known levels
for any keyboard-intensive occupation; you have typed more
words than are contained within all the works of William
Shakespeare, but with more flair and "sparkle".
After six months.
You wonder why you ever waited this long to quit. It's
way, way, worth it.
stages of a quit
(this may have originally been posted by Joel Spitzer, but
I'm not sure.)
Stage 1: Agitation
Anxiety, muscular tension, irritability,difficulty
sleeping, high craving. You've probably already
experienced this innumerable times during your smoking
career (this is when you root through the ashtrays looking
for butts). It generally begins a few hours after your
last cigarette and lasts for a day or two.
Stage 2: Slump
You feel depressed, fatigued, jittery, are forgetful,
short-tempered, and emotionally volatile. You may also
have trouble sleeping. You continually crave a cigarette.
This may last for several days
Stage 3: Honeymoon
Somewhere in the first 10 days after your last cigarette,
you start feeling better. A lot better. Your mood improves
and your energy returns. Craving is still present but
manageable. The danger is you'll become overconfident.
Stage 4: Second Slump
It's hard to pin down, but for most of our patients,this
second slump begins two to six weeks after the last
cigarette. Craving may return along with episodes of
nervousness, irritability, sleep disruption, flu-like
symptoms, and fatigue.
Stage 5: Second Honeymoon
Begins four to six weeks after the last dose. Improvement
in the above symptoms leads to the conclusion that danger
of relapse has past and withdrawal is over.
Stage 6: Relapse Phase
Most ex-smokers experience at least one more
noticeable "slump" during the first four months of
abstinence.Craving returns, and with it, the risk of
relapse. To get through it, you have to avoid exposing
yourself to risky situations.
Stage 7: Stabilization
Once the last of the initial slumps has ended, things
stabilize. Craving is largely the result of conditioned
responses (e.g., to smells, activities) which can be
avoided. Abstinence is fairly comfortable with the
exception of periods of unusual stress, recurrent craving,
and occasional strong memories of pleasures associated